World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will deliver an address entitled “Making a Difference” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Kamine Gymnasium, Kirby Sports Center. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Her address is the College’s Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture for 2012-13. The event is free but tickets are required. (Update: The supply of tickets has been exhausted. The lecture will be televised live in Colton Chapel; no tickets for this are needed.)
The lecture will be streamed live on www.lafayette.edu. A link will be available on the homepage.
Rachel Brummel, assistant professor of environmental studies, will present “Conservation and Complexity: Examining the work of Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute,” noon, Wednesday, April 3, in the Gendebien Room of Skillman Library.
Later that day, a documentary film about Goodall will be screened 7 p.m. in the Farinon Center’s Limburg Theater.
Goodall, a native of England, first set foot in what is today Tanzania’s Gombe National Park more than 50 years ago. Little did she know at the time that she was about to embark on a groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral study that would rock the scientific community and redefine our understanding of animals and, ultimately, ourselves. Likewise, she probably never imaged that she would one day leave Gombe and begin a quest to empower others to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.
In her speech, Goodall will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees, from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field. She also will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research. Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2013, the institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and for its global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Goodall founded with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to improve the planet for all living things.
Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, she was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.
For more information, visit www.janegoodall.org.